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Ethereum Takes the Stage As Devcon2 Begins

Like any good movie, mission impossible music metaphorically came on last night around midnight London time, just hours before the opening of Devcon2, as Geth nodes – used by most of ethereum’s network – suddenly started crashing at block 2,283,416.

Some villain, who presumably just wanted to see the world burn, had coded a smart contract asking everyone, in German, to Go Home, while everyone was asleep in Shanghai, resting for the big day. The Hyatt hotel must have been bombarded with phone calls around 4AM Shanghai time sending the impeccable development team, half asleep, to the war room (cue in the music):

Fixing Geth Bug Just Hours Before Devcon2 Image Credits Alex Van de Sande

Devcon2 War Room Image Credits Alex Van de Sande

The client was fixed in a couple of hours with a new one released before the opening. Things turned back to normal with everyone now all set and ready for Ethereum’s big day:

Devcon2 Birdseye View Image Credit Bernd Lapp

Devcon2 Birdseye View Image Credit Bernd Lapp

“Okay, Ethereum is done. Go back to Ethereum Classic.” – joked Vitalik Buterin, putting behind what had gone and moving on to present the Mauve Revolution, named after Dilbert’s attempt to make fun of blockchain’s adoption. Buterin publicly stated:

“My personal roadmap is: 2.0 = quick and dirty scaling that actually works, sacrifice goodies for safety if needed (eg. 12-hour cross-chain msg time initially is likely), 2.x = build up stronger and stronger correctness guarantees over time.”

Vitalik Buterin Presenting the Mauve Revolution at Devcon2 Image Credits Shermin Voshmgir

Vitalik Buterin Presenting the Mauve Revolution at Devcon2 Image Credits
Shermin Voshmgir

This was just the start of a day packed with development – far too many to mention with just enough space for highlights. We start with Vlad Zamfir who presented his work on Casper. According to commentaries, most were unable to keep up after about three minutes with some becoming confused and wondering whether there are now two Caspers. Vitalik Buterin publicly explained:

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